Reading Train (Commenced 1998)
The School of Research Science was founded in 1998 and the Reading Train competition commenced in the same year. The aim of the competition was to encourage students to read for pleasure. 250 students participated when the competition first started, followed by the participation of 50 schools from within the UAE. The programme became a massive success so that in 2014, 20,000 students from 1,000 schools participated from across the UAE and other Arab countries. Last year the competition was honoured by the sponsorship of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum as his highness’ global initiative became the ‘Arab Reading Challenge’. School of Research Science was chosen by the Dubai Government as the headquarters of the Arabic Reading Challenge from September 2015.
The Arab Reading Challenge (ARC) is the largest-ever Arab literacy initiative. Launched by His UAE Vice President and Prime Minister of the and Ruler of Dubai Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to encourage students to read, ARC challenges students to read as many books as possible (over 50) in one academic year.
The challenge is an Arabic reading competition with participating students from Years 1 to 12 from schools across the Arab world. The competition starts every year in September until the end of March. Students work through five stages of the competition reading ten books and summarising their content in the challenge passports. Upon completion of the reading and summarising, the final stage of elimination commences according to set criteria. The eliminations are done amongst schools, education zones and Arab countries until the finals which are held annually in Dubai in October.